The Premier League action continues to come in thick and fast at this time of year. Punters can look forward to nine games on New Year’s Day and then league leaders Liverpool host Chris Wilder’s high-flying Sheff Utd side on Thursday. Liverpool have an impeccable home record this season and they are priced at just 2/9 to win that game. The pick of the action on Wednesday sees Arsenal host Man Utd at The Emirates. It used to be the biggest game of the season, but both clubs have fallen way down the pecking order in the Premier League. Yet Man Utd are in better form than the Gunners right now and they might fancy their chances of pulling off an upset due to their pace on the break. Unibet has a tempting 7/4 on a Man Utd win, while both teams to score and over 2.5 goals seems like a sensible option.
Man City boss Pep Guardiola has conceded the Premier League title race after his team suffered another defeat against Wolves over the festive period. Yet City remain capable of sweeping teams aside and they should dispatch Everton on New Year’s Day. Another interesting game sees Burnley take on Aston Villa at Turf Moor. The Clarets are on a two-game losing streak, but they are pretty strong at home and Villa do not travel well, so a Burnley win at 5/6 with Betfred is attractive. West Ham are even money to beat Bournemouth at home and that might be appealing if you think the departure of Manuel Pellegrini can galvanise the squad.
Only players that won a tournament during 2019 can make an appearance at the $6.7 million Sentry Tournament of Champions, which takes place this week at the revamped Plantation Course at Kapalua Resort in Hawaii. A total of 34 winners have committed. That includes seven of the top 10 players in the world rankings, so the field will be extremely competitive. Brooks Koepka and Rory McIlroy are missing, so world number three Jon Rahm is the 4/1 favourite with Bet365. Next in the betting is Justin Thomas, followed by Xander Shauffele and then Dustin Johnson. Punters like the look of Patrick Reed at 14/1 and Gary Woodland at 18/1. Bet365 and various others will pay a quarter of the odds on the top four if you go each-way, while William Hill will pay a fifth of the odds on the top five.
The inaugural ATP Cup begins in Australia on Friday. It is an international men’s tennis tournament between competing nations, and you can expect to see some superstars in action. Novak Djokovic will lead a strong Serbian team into battle, while Rafa Nadal and his Davis Cup-winning Spain team will be among the favourites. There are a number of good teams competing, including Argentina and Canada, but it is hard to match the French for all-round quality. They lack star power, but Gael Monfils is ranked 10th in the world, Benoit Paire is 24th and Gilles Simon – who replaced the injured Lucas Pouille – is 56th. Only Spain can better that, so France might make an interesting bet at longer odds.
Action resumes in La Liga and Serie A at the weekend following a well deserved winter break for the players. Sevilla host Athletic Bilbao in the big Friday night game and the draw looks good at 11/4 in that game, as the Basque side are difficult to beat. On Saturday league leaders Barcelona take on local rivals Espanyol, and Barca -1.25 Asian handicap looks great at 24/25 with Bet365. Over in Italy, Betway has 8/11 on Roma to beat Torino and over 1.5 goals in the game, and that looks tempting. Roma were banging in plenty of goals before the winter break and they should overwhelm their opponents in that game.